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Solutions Driven has 20+ years experience in manufacturing recruitment across the globe. Securing top talent and guaranteeing the right candidates for the right roles.

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Hiring managers in manufacturing
tell us they’re experiencing these issues when trying to recruit top talent:

  • Supply chain issues causing uncertainty
  • Becoming leaner so need the best talent
  • Lack of new skilled candidates to recruit
  • Manufacturers have a shortage of diverse talent
  • Can no longer rely on experience as an indicator
  • Changes processes mean hiring for potential not skills

But it doesn’t need to
be like this.
Start recruiting differently…

It’s called Recruitment Process IntelligenceTM and it’s the new way to guarantee manufacturing recruitment results for hiring teams, backed up by proven processes and real intelligence. Using RPI, we find and engage quality candidates presenting hiring managers with shortlists of top potential prospects within agreed timeframes.

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Recruitment Intelligence

Identify the gaps in your manufacturing recruitment strategy costing you top talent and money. Gather competitor insights. Build talent pools. Target and engage passive talent.

Process Intelligence

A proven process and framework that guarantees the right hire, first time. Recruit faster. Drive deeper candidate engagement. Protect budgets.

Data Intelligence

Get the intelligence and insights you need to drive future recruitment efficiency. Real-time hiring data. Move forward with confidence. Maximise budgets.

Avoid costly hiring mistakes
once and for all by following
these simple steps…


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Get in touch to schedule a consultation with one of our manufacturing headhunters.


We’ll identify & attract top talent

We’ll discuss what your “ideal hire” looks like and match them to candidate fit scorecards before we begin engaging top talent.


You get the perfect candidate.

Whether it’s C-suite, senior management, business critical, or niche roles, you’ll get the perfect hire who meets all your requirements.

Here’s what our manufacturing
clients have to say

manufacturing recruitment

"We had been trying to fill this role for over a year with other recruiters, Solutions Driven managed to find us a suitable candidate that passed all our criteria in just under two months! A very methodical approach to the search process that has given us recruitment great success."

Aaron McGroarty

Head of Product, Avire

manufacturing headhunters

"Solutions Driven came highly recommended and the recruitment process was very organized and streamlined. We appreciated the methodical approach and scorecard for assessing candidates. The team were always quick to respond with great communication."

Jillian Schooley

Head of Comp & Benefits, Plexus Corp

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How much are your recruitment fees?

    If you are looking for a new recruitment partner in the manufacturing industry, we offer two recruitment services for each STEM and manufacturing business: SD Search and SD Embedded.

    SD Search

    Our SD Search fees are around 20%, fixed in advance, depending on the type and number of roles that you require to be filled.

    Unlike the standard recruitment agency, we don’t charge upfront for each new role, but instead focus on payment when milestones have been achieved.

    There’s no full upfront payments, you’re invoiced when key milestones have been achieved. Our payment process is linked to value delivered, not empty promises.

    SD Embedded

    For SD Embedded, we will agree measures of success at the beginning of the process and work with you to create a bespoke package that meets your needs.

  • Is your team experienced in working in the manufacturing sector?

    All of our team are experienced STEM recruiters in their own right and either specialise in technical recruiting, had a previous career working with manufacturing companies, or had extensive training in the STEM or manufacturing sector before working on roles.

    They are specialist recruiters who have knowledge of filling manufacturing jobs, in science, technology, engineering, and manufacturing sectors for STEM companies.

    That means we are a STEM and manufacturing recruitment agency that’s aware of the key recruitment competencies for your sector, and our specialists will be able to engage with the high quality candidates successfully.

  • What’s your success rate in placing roles in the current job market as a manufacturing recruitment agency

    On average, in SD Search we place 97% of the roles we take on, first time, every time.

    Occasionally, we come across jobs where there are no candidates who meet the requirements of the client or clients – for example, if you’re hiring for diversity + specific skills in a majority white or male dominated market like the manufacturing industry. In this case, we support the hiring manager to work out areas of flex in the recruiting process.

    For SD Embedded, we can work with, and give advice to, your internal team to improve your current success rate, or set down Key Performance Indicators that you’d like us to adhere to.

  • Where do you place roles?

    Approximately 40% of the jobs we take on are in the US and 60% in EMEA.

    Solutions Driven is a recruitment agency based in Scotland (near Glasgow), and we have skilled people working across the globe. Our team are skilled in technical STEM recruitment services, have worked with many manufacturing clients, and have knowledge of multiple industries, languages, and operating in all time-zones as a trusted partner.

  • Tell me about your entire recruitment process?
    The 6S Process

    We follow a 6S recruitment process to source and secure the best candidates for manufacturing jobs, and a 6F methodology to get the right candidate and client fit for each position.

    The 6S process is our proven process and framework that guarantees the right person, with the right skills and qualifications, for the perfect role, first time. We follow 6 steps – scoping, scorecarding, sourcing, selecting, securing, and satisfying – to find the right applicants.

    The 6F Methodology

    The 6F Methodology allows our specialist consultants to look at fit, freedom, family, fulfilment, fortune, and future priorities of talented candidates for a new role. This ensures they’ll gel with the your STEM or manufacturing business and become long-term assets to the team. At every stage and throughout the interview process, we provide support, data and intelligence that helps our clients with their current decision and assists them in planning ahead, all while helping the right candidates progress in their career.

    Because we use these methods and processes throughout the entire hiring process, we do require a high degree of buy-in from our clients. This allows us to provide our right first time guarantees for your jobs, and ensure you always get the best candidates.

    The 6E Framework

    For embedded recruitment services or projects, we use a six step framework that ensures success in the embedded space. Designed specifically for embedded recruitment, it provides a step by step process for guaranteeing success. Ensuring every embedded recruitment project has buy in from our team, our specialist consultants, and the client. The 6E Framework is made up of expectation, engagement, execution, efficiency, enablement, and experience.

  • Who will be my main point of contact?

    Our team are 180 manufacturing industry recruiters, meaning our business growth team will walk you through the process of becoming a customer and signing contracts. Then they’ll arrange a meeting with your stakeholders, themselves, and your dedicated recruitment consultant, providing a thorough handover. We’re not the type of recruitment agency where our people are dealing with drumming up new business while trying to source candidates – you have specialised people dealing with each stage of your customer journey.

    Then your dedicated Search or Embedded recruitment consultant (or consultants) will take over, finding the talented professionals you’re looking for.

    SD Search

    Our Search team are specialised in sourcing the best talent with the best skillsets for the manufacturing businesses we work with. They’ll be in charge of, and have a proven track record in, finding your new high calibre employee, using years of expertise. We’ll arrange regular check in calls with the stakeholders or your talent team to continually align your requirements, and ours. Company priorities can change throughout a process, and we want to ensure we’re always on top of that.

    SD Embedded

    For embedded, we will match you with a member (or multiple members) of our team with the best skills for the project you have engaged us in and can support and manage your goals.

  • How involved do I need to be?

    We are a recruitment agency that asks for a high level of buy-in from our clients. All stakeholders will need some degree of involvement. That means taking part in a scoping call at the beginning of the process, where we discover your recruitment requirements in areas like skills and salary, and look at areas of flex if those requirements could prove difficult to meet. For example, if you’re searching for engineers in a specific location, we’ll look at what the expected salaries are for that area and help you flex if your numbers don’t match that.

    We then create a sample longlist and shortlist, tailored to the role and industries, that we ask you to review and provide feedback on. After that, our specialist recruiters will provide you with a long-list and a shortlist where you can choose which candidates to take to interview, to meet your business goals.

  • How long is your time-to-hire?

    This is dependent on the type of position, the specificity of the requirements, challenges in sectors, and can also be affected by things like national holidays (looking at you, Christmas!)

    SD Search

    For SD Search services, it’s usually around 4-5 weeks, however this can change depending on the above. Your initial contact in the business growth team will oversee the process and will always be available if you have any questions or concerns.

    SD Embedded

    For embedded services, we will discuss measures of success at the beginning of the process and will agree these before beginning working together.

  • How will you represent my company to candidates?

    We are a manufacturing recruitment agency that takes the time to ensure all collateral we use is on-brand for your STEM or manufacturing business. We use our branding expertise to support the process, and represent who you are and the service or product you provide.

    Our team also works to embody your business’s core values throughout the process, treating candidates how your own team would treat them and ensuring even rejected candidates leave with a positive impression. After all, while they might not be the right person now, they could well be your perfect employee in 6 months when they’ve had some more development.

  • What happens if my new employee(s) doesn’t work out?

    We offer a 12-month guarantee on all STEM and manufacturing roles in SD Search.This means that if your new employee doesn’t work out, we’ll refill that role for free within their first year – an differentiator for a recruitment agency. With a 97% success rate on Search roles, we rarely ever have to refill roles though – it’s why our guarantee is much longer than most of our peers.

    In SD Embedded, we will discuss measures of success at the beginning of the project and sign these off before we begin working together.

  • Do you do outsourced recruiting for manufacturing professionals too?

    Yes. In fact, we’ve recently formalised our embedded service and have launched two seperate services: SD Embedded and SD Search. The last year has been one of ups and downs, and many organisations slimmed down their talent acquisition teams to cope with the business downturn. Now we’re opening back up and everyone needs to ramp quickly. But they don’t have the capacity or support to deal with it.

    However, lots of businesses don’t need an RPO to be embedded in their business long-term. So we offer a fixed-term embedded service that allows companies to flex their talent acquisition power with an experienced recruiter/s.

    Get in touch with us to discuss options for this service which can range from specific advice on a project to full spectrum recruiting.

  • What do your customers say about you?

    You can see what both our clients and the candidates we have placed in a position have to say about our skills right here.

    We’ve worked across multiple sectors in the last 20+ years and many of our business comes from referrals through happy customers.

    Additionally, 89% of our clients return to us to fill other roles after our first placement. (And of the others who don’t, it’s usually because they’ve built up their own internal team to increase capacity.)

    Candidates frequently mention their recruiter by name because they support them with a great experience, whether they’re hired or not.

  • What is RPI?

    RPI is Recruitment Process Intelligence – the new way to guarantee recruitment results for teams backed by proven processes and real intelligence instead of false promises.

    There are 6 principles of Recruitment Process Intelligence:

    1. Human powered processes to find, engage and attract your ideal candidate.

    2. Full accountability and measurement from the outset.

    3. Measured on results, not false promises.

    4. Use of real-time data to drive continuous improvement.

    5. Blending the science of recruitment with the art of engagement.

    6. We love being the silent partner

  • How long has Solutions Driven been operating?

    Solutions Driven has been working in the recruitment space for 20+ years. Our founder, Walter Speirs, started the company after becoming frustrated with the way recruitment companies he dealt with as a client in his VP position worked.

    Since then, Solutions Driven has supported on every type of role imaginable on every continent across the world, and has placed hundreds of manufacturing professionals in a variety of positions.

  • What type of roles do you work on?

    We have two offerings at Solutions Driven, SD Search and SD Embedded.

    SD Search

    In SD Search we work as a trusted recruitment partner on business critical or niche roles. That means we mainly fill complicated positions that are vital for business growth, or roles in c-suite or manufacturing executive search.

    Our main focus is STEM recruitment, finding great people in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. We’ve worked across the logistics and supply chain industries, in the production industry, in automotive markets, in electronics and much more across a wide range of sectors.

    SD Embedded

    In SD Embedded, we offer longer-term embedded recruitment services, tailored to your business needs. That could be experts working with your team in development and implementation of a new diversity strategy, full end-to-end resourcing for an entire department, or assisting a client with launching in a new location.


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